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Avalanche claim Canadiens right winger Aaron Palushaj off waivers

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 3:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Avalanche claim Canadiens right winger Aaron Palushaj off waivers

MONTREAL - The Colorado Avalanche have claimed right winger Aaron Palushaj off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

The 23-year-old was placed on waivers by Montreal on Monday in order to be assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Palushaj had been cleared by doctors to return from a left shoulder injury.

The speedy winger had one goal and four assists in 38 games for the Canadiens last season. He had seven goals and three assists in 21 games for Hamilton before his injury this season.

Montreal acquired Palushaj from the St. Louis Blues in 2010 for forward Matt D'Agostini.

The five-foot-11 187-pound Palushaj thanked the Canadiens on Twitter and said he was "very happy and excited" to join the Avalanche.

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